Bike & Boat Holidays

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Bike & Boat Holidays

Unpack only once on a bike and barge tour in the United Kingdom & Europe

Cruise along scenic waterways and let majestic castles, rolling vineyards and pastoral farmlands unfold around you on a boat-based holiday in the UK & Europe.

Our relaxing bike & barge journeys allow you to experience the countryside by bicycle during the day, then in the evening, return to the comfort of your barge as you travel overnight to your next destination.

Boat-based holidays are one of the most popular ways for individuals and families to experience the numerous hidden corners of the UK and Europe. Unlike hotel-based trips, barge-based tours are extremely limited in capacity so you must plan your barge experience well in advance to ensure you don’t miss the boat!

Most barges offer twin cabins in a range of bed configurations from double and twin beds to bunk beds and family cabins. Cabins are compact but comfortable, usually with en-suite facilities.

Barges range from cosy home-style vessels accommodating between 16 and 25 passengers plus crew on the narrower waterways of France, Belgium and Holland to larger vessels with around 100-150 passengers on the European rivers such as the Danube and the Moselle. Within both styles there is a range of comfort levels from basic to luxurious and each of our barges are rated according to their comfort level. On all barges there is a communal dining area and meals are taken onboard. The barges travel along calm waterways, usually travelling no faster than 15km per hour.

Join Walkers' Britain and an international group of like-minded travellers on a bike & barge holiday.

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Active Travel Specialists

Walkers' Britain have been operating active travel holidays in the UK and Europe for over 45 years. We handle the logistics so that you can go out and explore. On most of the tours you can depart daily, giving you flexibility.

Personal Experience

Our team have been walking and cycling for over 4 decades. We are passionate about the UK & Europe, active holidays and delivering exceptional service. Combined, we’ve travelled to virtually every corner of the UK & Europe and bring a multi-disciplined, multicultural and whole-hearted love of all things travel.

Great Value & Quality Bike & Barge Trips

Our active boat-based trips are very well priced and offer great value for money. We take the stress out of organising your bike & barge holiday in the UK & Europe.


Walkers' Britain is committed to responsible travel and true sustainability. We take travellers to many countries which are home to challenging wilderness, rich biodiversity, and fragile environments. It is the travel choices we make while visiting these environments that reduce the negative impact. This is the essence of responsible and sustainable travel - something we take very seriously. View our award winning Responsible Travel Guidebook here.



Bordeaux Bike and Barge Holiday in France with UTracks
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Introductory

These trips involve walking for four to five hours per day or cycling for 15-50 km per day at a slow but steady pace. You will need a reasonable level of fitness and good health.

SUGGESTED PREPARATION: 30 minutes of aerobic type exercise (either road cycling or jogging), three times a week for three months leading up to your trip.


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Introductory to Moderate

These trips involve a combination of what is described in our INTRODUCTORY and MODERATE levels. The emphasis is on introductory activity but including several moderate stages.

SUGGESTED PREPARATION: 45 minutes of aerobic type exercise (road cycling or jogging) three times a week for three months leading up to your trip.


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Moderate

These trips involve walking for up to six hours per day or cycling for up to 65 km per day, at a steady pace. You will need a good level of fitness and be in good health.

SUGGESTED PREPARATION: 45 minutes of aerobic type exercise (road cycling or jogging) three times a week for three months leading up to your trip.


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Moderate to Challenging

This trip grading involves a combination of what is described in our MODERATE and CHALLENGING levels. The emphasis is on moderate activity but including several challenging stages.

SUGGESTED PREPARATION: 1 hour of aerobic type exercise five times a week for three to six months leading up to your trip. Hill walking with a pack in variable weather conditions or road cycling.


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Challenging

These trips involve walking up to nine hours per day in mountainous terrain with steep ascents and descents, pass crossing & alpine weather conditions, or cycling for up to 80 km per day over undulating terrain, with some steep and sustained hills. You will need an excellent level of fitness, be prepared to carry a daypack weighing up to 8 kg and be completely comfortable in adverse weather conditions.

SUGGESTED PREPARATION: 1 hour of aerobic type exercise five times a week for three to six months leading up to your trip. Hill walking with a pack in variable weather conditions or road cycling.


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